2 Ways to be Present with Your Kids

Couple of days ago T was playing with the indoor basketball hoop (that is actually the baby's but that's another story 😊) and he turned to me and said "where's the ball?" You guys, I spent probably a good five minutes looking for the ball before I turned around and looked at him. You know where the ball was? Under his shirt! T thought it was hilarious that he tricked me. I felt bad. Really bad. If I had just stopped and really looked at him I would've seen it right away. I was just … [Read more...]

Encouragement for Moms of Littles (Joy in the Mundane)

And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17 As the mama of a little your days may seem mundane right now. Ask God to come along side you and guide your days at home. Your little won't be little forever! Each day with him is making a deposit into the kingdom of God. Let's Pray Father God, Some days it feels like all I do it's change diapers and lactate. I pray that you will use me for … [Read more...]

Encouragement for Moms of Littles (Growing Up)

And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man. Luke 2:52 Growing up happens so fast. When you're a kid though it seems to take forever! To me it seems like just yesterday my stepson was this funny, easy going little kid who played with legos and now he's this young man with a great sense of humor who loves video games. And my baby how is he five months old? He already has this personality that is larger than life! It's amazing to me that just this time last year we were … [Read more...]

Encouragement for Moms of Littles (Character and Faith)

Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6 As Christian mamas the one thing we want more than anything is for our littles to grow up to love Jesus. It's our job to teach them about Jesus and encourage them to have a relationship with Him. It's also our job to teach our kids character and help them grow a rock solid faith. We must gently help them to know that while they are not perfect they serve a God who is. Do a few intentional … [Read more...]

Encouragement for Moms of Littles (Strength)

My flesh and my heart may fall, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:26 Are you feeling "less than" during these days of little to no sleep? Just taking a shower or brushing your teeth can feel like a victory, right?! The good news is God is your  strength and will supply everything you need to mother that baby of yours! Each day ask the holy spirit to guide you as you teach and care for your baby. These early days, weeks, years in your baby's life are so … [Read more...]

Encouragement for Moms (Write 31 Days)

I'm at a kind of weird season of motherhood. Weird but good. I have a 15 year old stepson and a 5 month old baby boy. It's sort of like starting over but not. I love being a stepmom and I'm loving being a bio-mom. I didn't know I could love like this. I started this blog as a place of encouragement for stepmoms. I'm still a stepmom but I also see a need for encouragement for moms of littles because I sure do! So for the month of October I'm joining the Write 31 Days group and … [Read more...]

Sleep

I just want to sleep. Honestly having a newborn is harder than being pregnant or even labor and delivery. And our newborn is a good baby. I just can't do this sleep for only two or three hours at a time thing. I mean I can and I will for as long as I have to but I feel like I can't. I feel like I just need to sleep for an entire day but there is a little man who needs me. My days consist of trying to sleep when I can, changing diapers, pumping milk, feeding the baby, repeat. Oh and trying … [Read more...]

Expecting

When we told T that he was going to be a big brother we had no idea what his reaction would be. There's going to be a big age difference between these two siblings. We hoped he would be excited of course. We gave him a t-shirt that read "if you <picture of mustache> I'm the big brother" (mustache = must ask - get it? ha!) and a teeny-tiny onesie that read "I <3 my big brother." He was smiling when he saw that. We went away a few days later for a long weekend as a family and he would … [Read more...]

Blended Family Dynamics

Lately I've been inspired by blogger friends and "real-life" friends who are able to have a friendly stepmom-biomom relationship. These ladies are able to have birthday parties together, take family photos, and even talk on the phone ((gasp!))!  There are times that I wish we had that too but that kind of blended family relationship doesn't work for everyone. We don't have that. There aren't family events all blended together. Just communicating regularly is a challenge for us. I sometimes … [Read more...]

Mothers of the Heart

I'm thrilled to have Patty Ann on Being Stepmom today. She brings an amazing perspective to our community here as her stepkids are grown now, but she has a good relationship with them. Patty Ann is a busy mother, grandmother, and wife. She lives her life in the woods she loves up on the top of a beautiful mountain. She loves music, photography and writing. Most of all she loves her Heavenly Father and enjoys writing about his influence in her life. You can find her on her blog at Pitterle … [Read more...]